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Docs and Daisies: 90s Style

2011 February 8

Overalls. Plaid. Babydoll dresses. Hats. Velvet chokers. Baggy jeans. Vests.

I wasn’t the best dressed kid on the block in the 90s (everyone knows that honor goes to Blossom), but those trends remain lodged in my memory. I spent my adolescent and teen years in the 90s, and I soaked up a lot of pop culture that I still love now. Despite many of those years being painfully awkward, I still associate the songs, tv shows, and movies I loved with the kind of nostalgia that only comes from things that never actually happened. On Saturday night, a few friends and I went to The Bell House in Brooklyn for an event called My So-Called Prom, which featured a 90s grunge cover band called the Bayside Tigers (they are awesome) and a DJ playing dance songs like “Can’t Touch This” and “No Diggity.” Guests were encouraged to dress the part, so I broke out my Docs (that I’ve had since high school), a babydoll dress (actually purchased in the 90s by a friend who brought it to my swap party last year!), and one of Joe’s plaid shirts.

“By the way, I spell my name with one l.”

As with many things sartorial, some of the trends from the 90s are starting to come back now–granny boots, babydoll dresses, plaid, neon brights. Here are some favorite 90s style icons to give you some inspiration:

Angela Chase: The floral, the plaid, the granny boots. Pretty much sums it up.

Brenda Walsh: Brenda definitely had the menswear vibe down pat.

Clarissa Darling: Cutoffs over polka-dot tights with boots and a motorcycle jacket? She’d blend right in in 2011 Brooklyn.

Shirley Manson of Garbage: Leopard print coat. Badass.

Drew Barrymore: Made daisies and that pixie cut look hot.

Reality Bites: Winona’s rocking the maxi dress, and Jeanine’s sporting the floral dress and bright tights like nobody’s business.

Who were your favorite 90s style icons?

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  1. February 8, 2011

    Joe had better watch out, because Jordan Catalano is going to take notice! (Too bad he can’t read your blog.)

    I also love Judy Funnie (Doug Funnie’s hipster sister) and Blossom (for the big hats and vests).

  2. Kelli permalink
    February 8, 2011

    A few years ago, in the midst of a serious closet purge, I gave away the Doc Martens I’d had since high school. This kills me. WHAT WAS I THINKING?!

  3. Amy G permalink
    February 9, 2011

    Feeling very nostalgic! Think I need to watch Reality Bites soon, followed by Before Sunrise.

  4. Mal permalink
    February 9, 2011

    My mom always tells me to never get rid of expensive shoes, because they will always come back. This is evidenced by the fact that she got married in the 70’s in the Frye Campus Boot. She got rid of them.

    Because I am incapable of following practical advice, I got rid of ALL THREE pairs of docs I had (one pair of boots and two pairs of 15-pound mary janes). Can we talk about how much I want those boots back now?

    • Layla permalink
      April 25, 2014

      Oh Mal I feel your pain – I got rid of 2 pair of Docs, one of which they no longer make. Still stings.

  5. meghan permalink
    February 9, 2011

    first thing i thought when i saw your outfit, before i scrolled down, was angela chase. i need to break out my mscl dvds! :)
    and, i really want to see the bayside tigers next time i am in NY! :)

  6. Duela Dent permalink
    October 11, 2015

    I’m Duela and I was teen it the 90s Seattle ,listening to Nirvana and Pearl Jam and wearing doctor martens, and band shirts, I even got my nose piercing and first tattoo back then, was dreaming of becoming famous singer and getting married with Johnny Depp or Kurt Cobain.
    I hated Courtney Love but was amazed by her style, the baby-doll dress and leather jacket, ripped fishnet and docs. Also liked Linda Perrys crazy fashion with the top hat and baggy clothes.Gwen Stefani, Liv Tyler and Kim Gordon with that badass style. By the way Kate Moss was my idol and I wanted her anorexic body.For mans fashion I really liked Johnny Depp and Kurt Cobain in the 90s. But also liked Marilyn Mansons and Nancys (from “the Craft” that was my favorite movie) gothic style. So yes I was gothic – grunge teenager if that is possible,… :)

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